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2000 Image courtesy NASA GSFC
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One year, 900 locations, thousands of coral reefs. That's the tally of NASA's Landsat 7 satellite as it continues to deliver cutting edge images and information about the Earth. Data being presented this week at an international conference in Indonesia is the first assessment of the physical condition of major reefs from the the new Landsat 7 collection of images. More than 5000 coral reef scenes have been amassed in the first year of Landsat 7's operation. In that collection, many reefs have...
Topics: What -- Landsat 7, What -- Earth, What -- Opportunity, Where -- Indonesia, Where -- Florida
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15535
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0000 Image by Jesse Allen, based on data from the at NASA-GSFC
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Tropical Storm Gustav is hovering off the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas in this true-color <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image from September 9, 2002. The image was acquired by the MODIS instrument on the Aqua satellite. Gustav kicked up heavy surf along the North Carolina coast and brought heavy rains to the region, but did not make landfall. Instead, the storm...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Georgia, Where -- North Carolina, Where -- Maine
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18036
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Tropical Storm Beta was approaching Central America when this image was acquired on October 27, 2005. Beta is the 23rd named storm in the Caribbean during the 2005 hurricane season. The first 21 storms were given names that started with the letters of the Roman alphabet, “A” through “W”. By convention, “Q”, “U”, “X”, “Y”, and “Z” are not used; instead, additional names are taken from the Greek alphabet. The 22nd storm was named “Alpha”, while the next storms will...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=8263
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0000 Images produced by Hal Pierce (SSAI/NASA GSFC) and caption by Steve Lang (SSAI/NASA GSFC).
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Typhoon Chanchu (known as Caloy in the Philippines) brought strong winds and heavy rains to the central Philippines as the storm passed through the mid-section of the country. Though not a particularly powerful storm, Chanchu was responsible for 8 reported deaths as of May 14, 2006, six of which occurred when a boat capsized while traveling between islands, according to news reports. Chanchu became a tropical depression on May 9, 2006, east of Mindanao, the largest island in the southern...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), What -- Imager, Where -- Philippines
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=20678
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0000 Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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Just south of the image of the Democratic Republic of Congo acquired on May 9, 2002, this image of Angola (left) and Zambia (right) show that fires are burning over a wide area of central and southern Africa this May. Smoke that was visible in an image of the region on <a HREF="http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/?2002129-0509/Zambia.A2002129.0855.1km.jpg" target="outlink">May 9, 2002,</a> (bottom right) had cleared up by the time of this...
Topics: Where -- Angola, Where -- Zambia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17756
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0000 Image courtesy Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory Rapid Response Team
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On June 21, 2002, the Rodeo and Chediski Fires in east-central Arizona were still two separate fires. This true-color scene from the Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus aboard the Landsat 7 satellite shows the massive quantities of smoke streaming northward from the fires, which are burning about 100 miles east-northeast of Phoenix. The smaller Chediski Fire is on the left, and the Rodeo Fire is on the right. Over the weekend of June 22, the two fires merged into a single 300,000+ acre...
Topics: What -- Landsat 7, What -- Phoenix, Where -- Arizona
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17850
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0000 Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, NASA-GSFC
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Fires burning in the Central Mountains of the Dominican Republic since mid-March have scorched as much 247,105 acres (1,000 square kilometers) in the Jose del Carmen Ramirez National Park. According to a news release from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), three months of drought led to the devasating fires. The fires have produced no human casualties, but drinking water and coffee crops have been compromised. In the mountainous terrain, loss of ground cover has increased...
Topics: Where -- Dominican Republic, Where -- Haiti
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=19929
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The flames of the Cedar Fire engulfed the mountain city of Alpine, in Southern California. The fire consumed the trees and brush surrounding the city, and in some places, entire neighborhoods burned. The extent of the fire is clear in these Ikonos images taken on November 8, 2003. The top image, in true-color, shows blackened land completely surrounding Alpine’s suburban neighborhoods. The bottom image shows the same scene in false color. Here, living vegetation is red, while burned areas...
Topic: Where -- California
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18998
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0000 NASA image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at Goddard Space Flight Center
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The MODIS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of Hurricane Frances on September 3, 2004, at 2:24 p.m. EDT (18:24 UTC). At the time this image was acquired, Frances was wreaking havoc in the Bahamas with sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour (115 mph) and a storm surge between 1.8 to 4.3 meters (6 to 14 feet) on the west side of Eleuthera Island. Classified as a Category 3 storm, Frances was moving towards the west-northwest at 14 kilometers per hour (9...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Bahamas, Where -- Florida
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16929
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0000 Image provided by the at Johnson Space Center (JSC). Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA-JSC
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A dengue fever outbreak has plagued Rio de Janeiro since January 2002. Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease. The elimination of standing water, which is a breeding ground for the mosquitoes, is a primary defense against mosquito-borne diseases like dengue. Removing such water remains a difficult problem in many urban regions.The International Space Station astronauts took this image <a...
Topics: What -- International Space Station (ISS), Where -- Rio de Janeiro
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16055
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0000 Image courtesy NASA/JPL/NIMA
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The Bosporus is a strait that connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara in the center of this view of northwest Turkey, taken during the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission <a href="http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/srtm/" target="outlink">(SRTM).</a> The water of the Black Sea at the top of the image and Sea of Marmara below the center are colored blue in this image, along with several large lakes. The largest lake, to the lower right of the Sea of...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, Where -- Black Sea, Where -- Turkey, Where...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16065
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The Earth’s solid surface floats on a layer of softer rock as a collection of interlocking, movable puzzle pieces called tectonic plates. At 7:58 a.m. (local time), on December 26, 2004, beneath the Indian Ocean west of Sumatra, Indonesia, pent-up energy from the compressional forces of one tectonic plate grinding under another found a weak spot in the overlying rock. The rock was thrust upward, and the Earth shook as a 9.0 magnitude earthquake sent its vibrations out into the ocean. Tsunamis...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS), What -- FAST, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17044
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0000 Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, NASA GSFC
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On February 2, 2003, the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) on the <a HREF="http://aqua.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Aqua</a> satellite detected fires (red dots) still burning in southeast Australia. A shroud of smoke hangs over Victoria and stretches out over the Bass Strait. These fires have been burning for about one month....
Topics: Where -- Australia, Where -- Victoria, Where -- Bass Strait
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18293
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0000 Image provided by the Satellite Systems Branch as part of the Earth as Art II image series
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Mimicking a cubist collage, linear windbreaks of densely planted trees surround farmsteads in this winter landscape near the city of Komsomolets in Northern Kazakhstan.This image was acquired by <a HREF="http://landsat7.usgs.gov/">Landsat 7’s</a> Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus (ETM+) sensor.
Topic: Where -- Kazakhstan
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16825
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0000 Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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A long line of Sahara dust swept across Mali, Mauritania, and Western Sahara and out over the Canary Islands on March 3, 2004. The dust appears to have originated in Algeria. Winter and spring dust storms are common in Western Africa when the sirocco winds, hot, dry, dust-laden winds, blow north and northwest out of the Sahara desert. This image was taken by the <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite. Later on the...
Topics: Where -- Mali, Where -- Mauritania, Where -- Algeria
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=19138
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0000 Visualization created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory. Data obtained, coregistered, and color balanced by Laura Rocchio, Landsat Project Science Office.
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Santa Fe, New Mexico, sits nestled in the foothills of the southern end of the Rocky Mountains at 7,000 feet above sea level. Here, the chain of mountains is called the Sangre de Cristo Range—the Blood of Christ— a name given by the early Spanish colonists because in the setting sun, the stone of the mountains turns deep red. In this image, the Sangre de Cristo Range appears in the background (top portion). The image is shown from a western viewpoint, as though you were standing on a ridge...
Topics: What -- Sun, What -- Landsat 7, Where -- Santa Fe, Where -- New Mexico, Where -- Spain
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16965
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0000 Image provided by the Satellite Systems Branch.
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In southwestern Oregon, the Florence Fire (north) and the Sour Biscuit Fire (south) continued to burn virtually out of control on July 21, 2002. Numerous evacuation notices have been issued for residents in the area as the fires remain difficult to control due to the steep, rugged terrain of the Klamath Mountains.This image is from the Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper. Sensor: ADEOS/ADEOS.
Topics: What -- Landsat 5, Where -- Oregon
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17905
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0000 Images produced by Hal Pierce (SSAI/NASA GSFC) and caption by Steve Lang (SSAI/NASA GSFC)
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The <a href="http://trmm.gsfc.nasa.gov">Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission</a> (TRMM) satellite captured this image of Typhoon Dujuan just after it had brushed the southern tip of Taiwan where it was responsible for two fatalities. The image was taken at 22:33 UTC on September 1, 2003. At the time, Dujuan was still classified as a powerful Category 4 storm with winds estimated at near 135 mph and was moving west-north-west towards the coast of China. The...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), What -- Imager, Where -- Taiwan, Where -- China
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18835
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0000 NASA image courtesy the at NASA GSFC. The MODIS Rapid Response Team provides of this region.
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The same weather system that brought snow and ice to the American Midwest just after Thanksgiving 2005 also kicked up significant dust in western Texas and eastern Mexico. The winds associated with this cold front also fanned the flames of grass fires in the region, adding smoke to the mixture of aerosols.The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/">(MODIS)</a> flying onboard the <a...
Topics: Where -- Texas, Where -- New Mexico
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=20385
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0000 NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data obtained courtesy of the team.
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A large fire on the Cape York Peninsula of northern Queensland, Australia, continued to spread on October 8, 2004. The area burned by the fire appears deep brown, and the actively burning portions of the fire that were detected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">(MODIS)</a> on NASA’s <a HREF="http://aqua.nasa.gov"...
Topics: Where -- Australia, Where -- Gulf of Carpentaria, Where -- Guinea
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=19647
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0000 Jeff Schmaltz
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The towering peaks of the Sierra Madre of Mexico dominate this image acquired by Aqua on February 15, 2006. The “Occidental” or western portion of this fabled mountain range appears as a dark brownish band running along the left side of the image, bracketed by the lush, green oasis of the Pacific coast to the left and the much lower elevation “altiplano” or high plain to the right. The top of the “Oriental” or eastern portion of the range is also visible on the right side of the...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Nevada
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=8384
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0000 Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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This relatively clear scene over Brazil reveals the widespread deforestation taking place where the Xingu River flows into the Mato Grosso region in the country?s midwest. The dark green areas show pristine forest canopy, while the light green and brownish areas show where the forest has been cleared. Red dots show the locations of actively burning fires.This true-color image was acquired by the <a href="http://modarch.gsfc.nasa.gov/"...
Topic: Where -- Brazil
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17714
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0000 Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL,
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Small cumulus clouds in this natural-color view from the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) have formed a distinctive series of quasi-circular arcs. Clues regarding the formation of these arcs can be found by noting that larger clouds exist in the interior of each arc.The interior clouds are thicker and likely to be more convectively active than the other clouds, causing much of the air near the centers of the arcs to rise. This air spreads out horizontally in all directions as it...
Topics: What -- MISR, What -- Earth, Where -- Marshall Islands
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16178
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0000 Image courtesy Serge Andrefouet, University of South Florida, based on data from the
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In the past decade, large numbers of coral reefs have died suddenly, leaving once thriving marine communities barren. This phenomenon, known as coral bleaching, occurs throughout the tropical oceans of the world. In 1998 a particularly severe bleaching event struck the corals of the Rangiroa Atoll in French Polynesia. Not only did large numbers (more than 99 percent of the pre-bleaching cover) of fast-growing <i>Pocillopora</i> corals die, but colonies of...
Topics: What -- FAST, Where -- French Polynesia, Where -- Newcastle
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15808
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0000 Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC.
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Tropical Cyclone Dina is buffeting the islands of Mauritius (obscured by cloud) and Reunion (to the southwest) in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Madagascar (far left). This true-color MODIS image was made from data acquired on January 21, 2002, at roughly 11:00 am local time. Dina is a powerful storm, with maximum sustained winds of over 138 miles per hour with gusts up to 167 mph as of Tuesday, January 22. Wind gusts are predicted to increase to over 195 mph, and the seas around the...
Topics: Where -- Mauritius, Where -- Indian Ocean, Where -- Madagascar
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17625
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0000 Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center
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In northern Mato Grosso, Brazil, land cover change from dense rainforest to roads and agricultural land is often achieved through fire. People also use fire to maintain agricultural and pasture land. This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">(MODIS)</a>on NASA’s <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Terra</a>...
Topic: Where -- Brazil
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=19398
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0000 NASA image courtesy NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
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Lake Natron, in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, practically sends a warning with its color. This bright red lake is the world’s most caustic body of water, but not to everything. An endemic species of fish, the alkaline tilapia, lives along the edges of the hotspring inlets, and the lake actually derives its color from salt-loving microorganisms that thrive in its alkaline waters. Spirulina, a blue-green algae with red pigments, passes its pigments along to the <a...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17170
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0000 Image by Jesse Allen, based on data from at NASA GSFC
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On Sunday, July 28, 2002, the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) on the <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite detected active fire on several fronts on the McNalley Fire in Sequoia National Forest in southern California. MODIS can detect fires even through a thick haze of smoke, such as that...
Topic: Where -- California
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17928
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0000 Image courtesy Jesse Allen, based on data from the MODIS Rapid Response Team.
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Scores of fires were smoking across Sumatra (center) on June 8, 2003, trailing smoke across the Strait of Malacca, which separates Sumatra from Malaysia to the north, and also over the the Indian Ocean (bottom left). This image of active fire locations (red dots) was captured by the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) on the Terra satellite. Sensor: Terra/MODIS.
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Malaysia, Where -- Indian Ocean, Where -- Indonesia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18605
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Microscopic marine plants (called phytoplankton) contain chlorophyll, a green pigment they use during photosynthesis. Using satellite sensors, we can measure chlorophyll concentrations in oceans, lakes and seas to indicate the distribution and abundance of phytoplankton. Phytoplankton are the base of the marine food chain and, therefore, are a good indicator of the abundance of life in a body of water. (Data from Coastal Zone Color Scanner [CZCS]) Sensor: Nimbus 7/CZCS. Data Start Date: 1/1/86....
Topic: What -- Nimbus 7
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=7838
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NASA’s Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS) provides measurements that enable scientists to accurately estimate how much of the sun’s UV-B (290 to 320 nm) radiation reaches the Earth's surface. Too much exposure to these wavelengths causes sunburn in human skin.The false-color image above is a global map, averaged from TOMS snapshots collected every day over a one-month period, showing where more or less UV radiation reaches the surface. Yellow pixels show the highest levels of radiation...
Topics: What -- Spectrometer, What -- Polar, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=7158
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0000 Image provided by the Satellite Systems Branch.
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In southwestern Oregon, the Florence Fire (north) and the Sour Biscuit Fire (south) continue to grow explosively. This image from the Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus was captured on July 29, 2002. The Florence Fire had grown to 50,000 acres and the Sour Biscuit Fire had grown to 16,000 acres. Numerous evacuation notices remain in effect.Thick smoke from the actively burning eastern perimeter of the Florence Fire is billowing southward and mingling with the Biscuit Fire smoke. Sensor:...
Topics: What -- Landsat 7, Where -- Oregon
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17935
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0000 Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL, MISR Team. Text by Clare Averill (Raytheon ITSS/JPL); Michael Garay and David J. Diner (JPL, California Institute of Technology); and Vasily Titov (NOAA/Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and University of Washington/Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Oceans).
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The initial tsunami waves resulting from the undersea earthquake that occurred at 00:58:53 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) on December 26, 2004, off the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, took a little over 2 hours to reach the teardrop-shaped island of Sri Lanka. Additional waves continued to arrive for many hours afterward. At approximately 05:15 UTC, as NASA’s <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite passed overhead,...
Topics: What -- MISR, What -- Sun, What -- Earth, What -- Terra, Where -- Indonesia, Where -- Sri Lanka,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17074
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0000 Image courtesy Jesse Allen, based on data from the at NASA GSFC
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Across Southeast Asia, numerous active fires were detected in this scene, captured by the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite on February 23, 2004. The active fire detections are marked in orange. Across the scene hangs a gray haze that could be a combination of smoke from the fires as well as industrial pollution from places as far away as India or...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- China
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=19118
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0000 Jeff Schmaltz
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Major flooding swamped the Red River on April 13, 2006, and the National Weather Service issued flood warnings for most communities that lined either side of the river. As the floods swept north into Canada, Winnipeg was bracing for the inundation, expected to peak around April 20. Sensor: Aqua/MODIS. Data Start Date: 4/13/06.
Topic: Where -- Canada
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=20834
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The Dasht-e Kevir, or Great Salt Desert, is the largest desert in Iran. It is primarily uninhabited wasteland, composed of mud and salt marshes covered with crusts of salt that protect the meager moisture from completely evaporating.This image was acquired by <a HREF="http://landsat7.usgs.gov/">Landsat 7’s</a> Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus (ETM+) sensor on October 24, 2000. This is a false-color composite image made using infrared, green, and red...
Topic: Where -- Iran
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16084
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0000 Image courtesy the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
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On July 2, 2003, the <a HREF="http://seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEAWIFS.html" target="outlink">Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor</a> (SeaWiFS) collected this image of the Sea of Okhotsk, east of Russia. Patchy phytoplankton blooms fill the surface waters, coloring them green. Turbid, brownish water flows from the Amur River into Tartar Strait, between mainland Russia and Sakhalin Island (left of image center). Smoke from <a HREF="...
Topics: Where -- Sea of Okhotsk, Where -- Russia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18671
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0000 Image and animation courtesy Lori Perkins, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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Hurricane season in the eastern Pacific started off with a whimper late last month as Alma, a Category 2 hurricane, slowly made its way up the coast of Baja California, packing sustained winds of 110 miles per hour and gusts of 135 miles per hour. The above image of the hurricane was acquired on May 29, 2002, and displays the rainfall rates occurring within the storm.Click the image above to see an animated data visualization (3.8 MB) of the interior of Hurricane Alma. The images of the clouds...
Topics: What -- Environmental Satellite, What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), What -- Earth,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16116
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0000 Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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Forest fires have swept through scenic woodlands along the French Riviera on the country’s Mediterranean coastline, killing five people, destroying scenic forests and forcing thousands to evacuate the region. This image shows the Maures hills region along the coast of southeast France on July 28, 2003. A dark brown burn scar is evident to the northeast of the apex of the coastline, which is roughly centered in the image. Left of center (to the east of the lake) is the city of Marseille....
Topics: What -- Apex, Where -- France
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18741
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0000 Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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A mixture of snowmelt and ice jams in late May and June of this year caused the Taz River (left) and the Yenisey River (right) in central Siberia to overflow their banks. The flooding can be seen in this image taken on June 11, 2002, by the MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) instrument aboard the <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite. Normally, the rivers would resemble thin black lines in MODIS...
Topic: What -- SAGE
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17843
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0000 NASA image by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory; based on data provided by the ASTER Science Team. Glacier retreat boundaries courtesy the
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Many scientists regard receding glaciers as a symptom of global climate change. While certain types of glaciers—such as surge glaciers and tidewater glaciers—are actually expanding, there are many areas where scientists report glaciers are wasting away and that climate change is the culprit. For instance, 150 years ago there were 147 glaciers in Glacier National Park. Today, only 37 glaciers remain, and scientists say they will likely completely melt by the year 2030. Similarly, glaciers...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Polar, What -- CONTOUR, Where -- United States of America
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Los Angeles, Calif., is one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas with a population of about 15 million people. The urban areas mostly cover the coastal plains and lie within the inland valleys. The intervening and adjacent mountains are generally too rugged for much urban development. This is in large part because the mountains are “young,” meaning they are still building (and eroding) in this seismically active (earthquake prone) region.Earthquake faults commonly lie between the...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Landsat 3, What -- Sun, Where --...
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0000 Image courtesy SRTM and Landsat science teams.
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view <a href="/Newsroom/NewImages/Images/PIA03303.jpg">anaglyph</a> (330 KB)On January 26, 2001, the Kachchh region in western India suffered the most deadly earthquake in India's history. This stereoscopic view of landforms northeast of the city of Bhuj depicts geologic structures that are of interest in the study of the tectonic processes that may have led to that earthquake. However, preliminary field studies indicate that these structures are composed...
Topics: What -- SRTM, What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What --...
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0000 Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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East of Australia in the Pacific Ocean, Tropical Cyclone Erica plowed into the French island of New Caledonia on March 13, 2003, leaving at least one person dead and many others injured. Erica peaked as a Category 5 cyclone on March 12, and as of March 14 had showed rapid weakening to a Category 1 storm. This image of Erica shows the storm’s eye northwest of New Caledonia on March 13.The high-resolution image provided above is 1 kilometer per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides...
Topics: Where -- Australia, Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- New Caledonia
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0000 NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data obtained courtesy of the team.
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Dozens of fires (marked in red) were burning in the northwestern corner of Guatemala (left of center) on March 13, 2005, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">(MODIS)</a> on NASA’s <a HREF="http://aqua.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Aqua</a> satellite captured this image. These fires are part of the continuing threats to the already...
Topics: Where -- Guatemala, Where -- Honduras
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0000 Image courtesy the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
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This true-color scene shows a large plume of Saharan Desert blowing northeastward on August 19, 2004, over the Mediterranean Sea and Greece, where Olympic athletes from all over the world are gathered to compete in the summer games of the XXVIII Olympiad. The dust (light brown) can be seen extending in a wide arc off Africa’s northern coastline. The islands west of mainland Italy—Corsica, Sardinia, and Sicily—are partially obscured by the dust in this image.This scene was acquired on...
Topics: Where -- Mediterranean Sea, Where -- Greece
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Smoke plumes from forest fires scattered along the border between the Russian Far East and northern China are clearly visible in this true-color image from the Sea-viewing Wide-Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) on June 16, 2000. Fires in Siberia occur every summer, and severe outbreaks occur every ten years or so, with the most recent in 1998. The fires are ignited by lightning, and are so remote that it is impossible to fight them effectively.
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0000 Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, at NASA GSFC
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A massive iceberg that had been blocking traditional shipping routes to McMurdo Station, the National Science Foundation’s research station in Antarctica, snapped in two seemingly overnight. The B-15A iceberg seemed to be intact in the Terra MODIS image recorded on October 7, 2003. But this true-color <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image captured by the Terra...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Ross Sea, Where -- Wisconsin
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Fires (red dots) were detected by the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) on the <a HREF="http://aqua.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Aqua</a> satellite all along the northwest Australia coastline on June 11, 2003. An especially smoky patch of fires is visible at the top right of the image, southwest of Melville Island. Sensor:...
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0000 NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, Goddard Space Flight Center
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A massive dust storm of glacial sediments swept off the coast of Alaska on November 5, 2005. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/">(MODIS)</a> flying onboard the <a href="http://aqua.nasa.gov/">Aqua</a> satellite took this picture of the storm as it dispersed over the Gulf of Alaska. In this image, the dust appears as a pale beige plume, standing out from both the snowy...
Topics: Where -- Alaska, Where -- Gulf of Alaska
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This image from May 16, 2002, from the Sea-Viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS) shows the state of Alaska, including smoke plumes from several fires in the central portion of the state. Sensor: OrbView-2/SeaWiFS.
Topic: Where -- Alaska
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0000 Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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Bright colors in the ocean waters off the coast of Namibia tell a story of marine life and death. In this region of the South Atlantic, winds push the warm surface water westward, and cold waters from the bottom of the ocean rush up in their place. The cold water carries with it the nutrients that have sunk to the ocean floor, providing a boon to ocean life. In particular, microscopic plants called phytoplankton thrive on the added nutrients. In turn, these tiny plants are a source of food for...
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0000 Images courtesy Colin Seftor and Omar Torres, Aura Science Team.
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A large dust storm spread aerosols (airborne particles) over Asia and the Pacific starting on March 9, 2006. The storm reached the <a href="http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13404">Beijing region</a> on March 10, and the tiny particles remained aloft for several more days. The dust cloud remained intense as it migrated eastward from China over Korea and Japan. The Ozone Monitoring Instrument <a...
Topics: What -- Ozone Monitoring Instrument, Where -- China, Where -- Korea, Where -- Japan
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0000 NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, at NASA GSFC.
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The MODIS instrement aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of Typhoon Chaba on August 23, 2004 at 3:50 UTC, about 8 hours after it struck the Northern Mariana Islands. This powerful storm brought sustained winds of 287 km/hr (178 mph) and a storm surge of approximately 5.5 meters (18 feet) to the islands. The storm caused widespread damage including heavy flooding, uprooted trees and downed powerlines.The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at <a...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Northern Mariana Islands
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With winds that constantly whip dust across high plains, a nomadic population that mostly lives in felt tents, and a local cuisine that consists of fermented goat milk and stewed meats, Mongolia is not a place for the pampered. This true-color image of Mongolia was acquired on March 27, 2000, by the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flying aboard NASA’s <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> spacecraft....
Topics: Where -- Mongolia, Where -- Russia, Where -- Michigan
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0000 Astronaut photograph was acquired June 2, 2004 with a Kodak K760C digital camera with an 180 mm lens, and is provided by the Earth Observations Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC
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The Colorado River is the largest watershed in the southwestern US, emptying into the Salton Trough before reaching the Sea of Cortez. Over the past 2-3 million years, river sediments built a delta that extends from the US-Mexico border for a distance of 87 miles (140 km). However, today the Colorado River delta is undergoing significant erosion and diminishing in size due to the lack of sediment replenishment from upstream sources.This image highlights the generally arid setting of the...
Topics: Where -- Colorado, Where -- Gulf of California, Where -- California
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0000 Image courtesy of MITI, ERSDAC, JAROS, and the U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
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On April 3, the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA's Terra Satellite captured this image of the erupting Mt. Usu volcano in Hokkaido, Japan.This anaglyph stereo image is of Mt Usu volcano. On Friday, March 31, more than 15,000 people were evacuated by helicopter, truck and boat from the foot of Usu, that began erupting from the northwest flank, shooting debris and plumes of smoke streaked with blue lightning thousands of feet in the air. Although no...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
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0000 Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
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Full resolution <a href="/Newsroom/NewImages/Images/aster_escon_vnir.jpg">visible and near-infrared</a> image (1.4 MB) <br/>Full resolution <a href="/Newsroom/NewImages/Images/aster_escon_swir.jpg">shortwave infrared</a> image (1.6 MB)This Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) image covers 30 by 23 km (full images 30 x 37 km) in the Atacama Desert, Chile, and was acquired...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, Where --...
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0000 NASA image courtesy Hal Pierce (SSAI/NASA GSFC) and caption information courtesy Jeff Halverson and Steve Lang.
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Only four tropical cyclones have made landfall over Guatemala or El Salvador since 1966: Tropical Storm Adrian is about to become the fifth. Adrian is the first tropical storm of the 2005 Pacific hurricane season, which officially runs from May 15 through November 30. Adrian formed on May 17, 2005, making it a slightly unusual, early-season storm. No tropical cyclone has crossed Central America this early in May since records began, reports the <a...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), What -- Genesis, Where -- Guatemala, Where --...
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The East Coast of the US is featured in this MODIS Terra image, captured July 11, 2006. The region has experienced high temperatures - the haze you see in the image is likely a result of this. Smog (a word coined from the words 'smoke' and 'fog') is a combination of various gases with water vapour and dust. A large part of the gases that form smog is produced when fuels are burnt; when heat and sunlight react with these gases and fine particles in the air, smog can form.The black lines in the...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- New Jersey, Where -- Vermont, Where -- Massachusetts, Where -- Connecticut,...
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0000 NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data obtained from the
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Like the freshly raked white sand of a well-tended Japanese garden, rows of clouds stream over the Bering Sea from the edge of the sea ice. Called cloud streets, these cumulus clouds form when cold air from the ice blows over the open ocean, chilling the moist air. As the temperature drops, water freezes into tiny clouds, which are arranged in neat rows in line with the powerful sweep of the wind. Though some clouds form over the cracking sea ice on the right side of the image, most are over...
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Topics: Where -- Bering Sea, Where -- Alaska, Where -- Russia
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0000 Image courtesy EROS Data Center
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The first scene from Landsat 7 was acquired on Sunday, April 18. The scene includes the Sioux Falls and Yankton areas.Data reception at the EROS Data Center marks an important new responsibility for the staff at the Center and completes the original plan for locating the facility in the Sioux Falls area. For the first time in the 26 year history of the Center, direct reception from the Landsat system will be a reality.In addition to the data reception capability, Center staff will be...
Topics: What -- Landsat 7, What -- Landsat
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The Cave Creek Fire northeast of Phoenix, Arizona, has been spreading quickly from its point of origin (by lightning) in the Tonto National Forest to the north and west. Small towns, endangered species habitat, and high-voltage powerlines are all threatened. This image of the Cave Creek Complex Fire was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">(MODIS)</a> on NASA’s...
Topics: What -- Phoenix, Where -- Arizona
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0000 Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/JPL, (JPL Photojournal #PIA02636)
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The Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR) acquired this stereo image of Hurricane Alberto on August 19, 2000. At this time, the storm was located in the North Atlantic Ocean, about 1700 kilometers west of the Azores. According to the National Weather Service, Alberto was increasing in intensity and exhibiting maximum sustained winds of about 165 kilometers per hour.This stereo "anaglyph" image was generated using MISR's vertical (nadir) camera plus the 26-degree forward-viewing...
Topics: What -- MISR, What -- STEREO B, What -- STEREO, Where -- Atlantic Ocean
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0000 Image number STS098-712-29. Images provided by the Johnson Space Center. Additional images taken by astronauts can be viewed at NASA-JSC's
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This photograph was taken by the STS-98 astronaut crew as they passed over the western Mediterranean region near sunset on February 19, 2001. Two packets of tidally-generated internal waves are highlighted by sun glinting off the surface waters in the Strait of Gibraltar. The older packet (labeled) contains at least 14 waves, which can be counted like tree rings. A younger group is forming near the middle of the strait (marked by the carat south of Gibraltar). The waves are generated as a...
Topics: What -- STS-98, What -- Sun, What -- Earth, Where -- Gibraltar, Where -- Spain, Where -- Morocco
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0000 Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, at NASA GSFC
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The true-color image above shows a patch of bright water off the coast of Chincha Alta, Peru, roughly 200 km (124 miles) south of Lima. The scene was acquired on February 23, 2004, by the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="_blank">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) aboard NASA’s <a HREF="http://aqua.nasa.gov" target="_blank">Aqua</a> Satellite. The bright...
Topics: Where -- Peru, Where -- Lima, Where -- Chile
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0000 Image provided by the Satellite Systems Branch
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In a small corner of the vast Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia, large sand dunes—the only sand in this desert of scrub and rock—appear as lines stretching from left to right. The light-colored fan shapes are scars from wildfires.This image was acquired by <a HREF="http://landsat7.usgs.gov/">Landsat 7’s</a> Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus (ETM+) sensor on August 22, 2000. This is a false-color composite image made using near-infrared, red, and...
Topic: Where -- Australia
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0000 Image by Jesse Allen, based on data from the at NASA-GSFC
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From the rainforests around the Amazon River (top) in Brazil, through the central highlands and into Bolivia to the southwest, numerous fires were burning throughout the region on September 8, 2002. The fires were detected by the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) on NASA’s <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov"...
Topics: Where -- Brazil, Where -- Bolivia
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Clouds play a significant role in our world's energy balance -- they exert both a cooling effect on the surface by reflecting sunlight back into space, and a warming effect by trapping heat emitted from the surface. Clouds are one of the greatest areas of scientific uncertainty with respect to how much they influence climate on a global scale. The term "cloud radiative forcing" refers to the effects clouds have on both sunlight and heat in the atmosphere. More precisely, cloud...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- NOAA 10, Where -- California
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Cloud fraction represents the portion of sky in each pixel that is covered by clouds. Satellites can measure cloud fraction over the entire atmosphere and for all types of clouds. Since most clouds reflect incoming sunlight very well and trap heat escaping from the Earth's surface, cloud fraction is an important parameter in studies of our planet's radiant energy budget. (Data from International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project [ISCCP]). Sensor: No Satellite/ISCCP. Data Start Date: 1/1/88....
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0000 NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data obtained courtesy of the University of Maryland’s .
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Australia is one of the driest continents on Earth: only Antarctic gets less annual precipitation. It also is the flattest continent, so there are few mountain ranges to wring additional moisture from the atmosphere. It is no coincidence that more than two-thirds of Australia’s population of roughly 20 million people live within a few hours drive of the Great Dividing Range, the largest mountain range in the country. This long ridge of mountains runs roughly parallel to the eastern coast,...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Landsat 7, Where -- Australia, Where -- Sydney
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0000 Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC.
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The MODIS instrument onboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of Typhoon Namtheun churning in the Pacific waters southwest of Hachijojima, Japan. At the time this image was taken, Namtheun had maximum sustained winds of 80 knots with higher gusts to 100 knots and was movind due west at 4 knots.The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at <a HREF="http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/?2004211-0729/Namtheun.A2004211.0405.2km.jpg"...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Japan
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0000 Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center
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On August 5, 2004, southern Africa seemed like a continent of fire. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">(MODIS)</a> on NASA’s <a HREF="http://aqua.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Aqua</a> satellite captured this image of fires across parts of Democratic Republic of Congo (top), Angola (left), and Zimbabwe (right), in south-central...
Topics: Where -- Angola, Where -- Zimbabwe
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Global maps of average wind speed help researchers determine where to develop wind energy. Wind turbines (high-tech windmills) can generate power in places far from power plants and without an electricity grid—but planners need to know where there is sufficient wind for the turbines to operate efficiently. A team at NASA’s Langley Research Center developed these maps, and maps of solar insolation, and provide them free of charge. Private companies are using these data to design, build, and...
Topic: Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC)
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0000 Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
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Bilbao, capital of Provincia de Vizcaya in northern Spain, consists of old and new sections connected by several bridges spanning the Rio Nervion. The old part of the city occupies the east bank of the river, and its modern offshoot, dating from the late 19th century, sits opposite. In 1983 a flood severely damaged the old section of Bilbao, but it has since been restored.One of the major industrial centers of Spain, Bilbao lies within a large iron ore mining region, near the Bay of Biscay. The...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, Where --...
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